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					                                                     Public Education
Contact: Bill Phillips    213 South Adams Street
                          Tallahassee, FL 32301
                          Phone 850 201 2833
                          Fax 850 224 6095          Defense Fund, In

Press Release
       Public Education Defense
       Fund, Inc. announces
       opposition to Amendment
       Potential funding cuts to public education,
       local fire and police protection, spark
       opposition to this dangerous proposal.
            Tallahassee, FL, December 17, 2007: The Public
       Education Defense Fund, Inc., (PEDF) today announced
       its intent to aggressively oppose the property tax reform
       amendment known as Amendment One, which is to be
       voted on as part of the January 29, 2008, primary
       election. The Public Education Defense Fund is a ballot
       initiative committee aligned with the Florida Education
       Association (FEA) and other supporters of public

           “Despite the promises of the Governor and other
legislative leaders to hold education harmless, passage
of this dangerous proposal would mean a $2.75 billion
cut to public education,” said Bill Phillips, spokesman for
the PEDF.

   The Public Education Defense Fund will work at a
grass-roots level to educate and inform voters about the
impacts and consequences of this proposed
constitutional amendment.

   “In addition to the $2.75 billion hole this scheme
would blow in the education budget, other critical
services will be threatened, as well, including local police
and fire services”, said Phillips.

   “In return for compromising these critical public
services, the average homeowner would get back less
than the cost of two movie tickets a month. That’s a deal
no voter can afford.”

   Most estimates indicate that the average homeowner
would save approximately $20 per month should this
proposal pass with the required 60% of the vote.

    The Public Education Defense Fund intends to also
talk with the public about the core priorities of quality
public schools: small class sizes, closing achievement
gaps, reducing the drop-out rate and improving salaries
for all educators.

     “We will work hard to communicate that this proposal
is just the latest in a series of attacks on public schools,
like the private school voucher schemes and attempts to
repeal the class size amendment. We know the
investments required for great public schools, and we
are convinced that a majority of Florida’s citizens
support great public schools”, said Phillips.
          Pd. Pol. Adv. Paid for by the Public Education Defense Fund, Inc., 213
      South Adams Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32301

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